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7 Must-Have Networking Apps to Boost Your Social Media Marketing

social media toolsDo you want to build strong relationships around your brand?

Are you using networking apps to connect online?

Networking with the right people can make your brand stronger and more responsive.

In this article you’ll discover how seven networking apps to build relationships.

networking apps

Find out how these networking apps can boost your social media marketing.

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6 Ways to Get Your Tweets Noticed

social media how to Do people pay attention to your tweets?

Are you customizing your tweets for maximum attention?

About 500 million tweets are sent every day. That’s roughly 5,800 tweets posted each second. Competing with that is a challenge.

In this article you’ll discover six ways to improve your tweets and get noticed.

#1: Personalize Retweets

Many people like to tweet out blog posts they’ve read. The path of least resistance is to click the Tweet This! button on the post. Those widgets are usually pre-populated with the title of the article, the link and the handle of the website or author. You don’t have to do anything but hit the button!

Unfortunately, most people rely on the pre-populated text and move on. You can set yourself apart by adding your own opinion, question or other commentary to the tweet to give followers context.

Tell people if you agree or disagree with an article and why. If your reasons take more than the characters you have, cut it short: “I love this article!”

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Add your thoughts to your tweets to stand out.

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How to Streamline LinkedIn Sharing With Oktopost

social media how toDo you want a quick, easy way to share content to LinkedIn groups?

Do you want to measure how your LinkedIn shares perform?

Oktopost lets you use multiple LinkedIn accounts to schedule shares and track performance.

In this article I’ll share the basic ins and outs of using Oktopost for LinkedIn sharing.

Why Oktopost?

Much like HootSuite, Oktopost is a social sharing tool that lets you easily schedule content shares across the major social networks.

okotpost ins and outs

Find out how to use Oktopost to streamline LinkedIn sharing.

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3 Tools to Create a Social Media Hub

social media toolsAre you using user-generated content in real-time?

Do you want to display all of your social media updates in one place?

Streaming social updates to a social hub encourages your audience to share more, in real-time.

In this article you’ll discover three tools that pull your social conversations to a single hub.

Why Use a Social Media Hub?

Using social channels independently simply won’t do the job anymore.

Social media—including your website or blog—rely on interaction, so why isolate each conversation? Bringing them together in a single place (a hub) has a bigger impact and motivates your audience to converse across platforms—carrying your message to an even wider audience.

Social hubs bring a whole new dimension to your social media marketing. You can use them for everything from displaying cross-platform updates on a big screen at a live event to embedding multiple social media timelines in your website.

Below I tell you about three tools you can use to create a social media hub for your business.

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How to Use Twitter Analytics to Find Important Data

social media how to Do you use Twitter’s built-in analytics tool?

Are you looking for new ways to measure success on Twitter?

Twitter’s Analytics tool is the social network’s best-kept secret and gives you access to data that other third-party services can’t.

In this article I’ll show you how to get access to Twitter Analytics and find the data you need to track your campaign success.

Access Twitter Analytics

[Editor's Note: This article was written before a recent update to Twitter's Analytics Dashboard. We're in the process of updating the article with new information and screenshots. Thank you for your patience. In the meantime please read through the comments below.]

Like Facebook and LinkedIn, Twitter’s Analytics feature is designed to be used by the company’s potential paying customers. In other words, only accounts with advertiser status can access Twitter Analytics data.

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Find out how to use Twitter’s analytics dashboard to find the data you’re looking for.

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How to Use Facebook Gated Campaigns for Leads and to Grow Your List

social media how toDo you want a way to grow your list, get better feedback or increase user-generated content?

Do you use Facebook giveaways and contests to collect information about your fans?

Action-gated Facebook campaigns require users to share specific data or feedback before they can enter a giveaway or contest.

In this article I’ll show you the concept of action-gating and how three companies are using it effectively to meet their goals.

facebook gated campaigns

Here’s a tactic to use to grow your list, get better feedback or increase user-generated content.

Why Facebook Gated Campaigns?

Facebook gated campaigns use a pretty simple idea called action-gating: A company offers a prize in exchange for personal data (like an email address or zip code).

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Action-gating is a good way to collect valuable data from fans.

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Facebook Save Feature: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Introduces Save Feature: “Now you can save items that you find on Facebook to check out later when you have more time.”

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“Check out the new Facebook Save feature to save items like links, places, movies, TV and music.”

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Facebook Organic Growth: How to Defy the Odds and Grow a Huge Facebook Community

Do you want to grow a massive Facebook following?

Are you wondering how an organic Facebook strategy can be successful?

To learn how to grow a huge organic following on Facebook using techniques you have likely never heard of, I interview Holly Homer for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

More About This Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Holly Homer of KidsActivitiesBlog.com to find out how her Facebook page fan base grew from 7,000 fans to more than 530,000 fans in only 8 months without using Facebook advertising or crazy gimmicks.

Holly shares how beginners can develop their own Facebook strategy.

You’ll discover the unfortunate circumstance that jumpstarted Holly’s success.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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How to Get Started With Social Media Marketing

social media how to Do you need a beginner’s guide to social media marketing?

Looking for something to help you get started with social media?

Social media is a conversation you can join any time. Join now. You’ll be welcomed.

In this article I’ll help you blast through the hardest part of social media: getting started. Right here. Right now. Here you go: the essential how-to guide, no experience required.

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Advice for beginning social media marketers.

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